European History | Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Political History | Political Science
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Since the day he announced his campaign for President, people have been comparing Donald Trump to a Nazi. I, like many of us, have long believed that comparison to be overly simplistic, though not completely without merit. In this essay I analyze that comparison through an examination of the rhetoric and tactics of exclusion used by both Donald Trump and his campaign and the Nazi Party. Though there are substantive differences in some rhetorical tactics, there are also some frightening similarities. It is my hope that an honest and even handed understanding of how our current political moment compares to that of 1930s Germany can allow us to learn from humanity's mistakes and ensure that such atrocities are never committed again.
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Coleman, TJ. "From Leaflets to Tweets: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Propaganda Tools Used by the Nazi Party and Donald Trump" (2020). Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies.
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